in a Pecan Shell
Named after a railroad dispatcher for the Galveston, Harrisburg
and San Antonio Railroad, Comstock came into being about 1883.
The original town site was just east of present Comstock and was called
Like hundreds of towns in Texas, the post office appeared at the same
time as the first store. In this case the year was 1888 and the store
belonged to George Washington Ames. The Deaton Stage Line operated
between Comstock and Ozona
for 22 years beginning in 1888. The population was as low as 8 people
during the depression, and reached a peak of 400 during WWII*.
Today Comstock is a little too close to Del
Rio for travelers heading west to need a rest stop so soon, and
east-bound travelers probably stopped in Langtry.
The hilly terrain makes an interesting residential section. The highway
frontage is littered with failed businesses and the liveliest building
in town is the U.S. Border Patrol Station.
Newman Gang by Mike Cox
Bud Newman didn’t amount to much as an outlaw, but not for lack
of grit... While Newman never hit the big time, he clearly had aspirations.
And his memory lived on well into the 20th century at Comstock,
where some of his exploits occurred... more
The Wolfman of Comstock
by Gary Humphreys
This is a true story told to me by my mother, during the fifties……
The water tower stands in a residential backyard. It now serves as
a reservoir for a swimming pool.* (See
Comstock Forum) The present condition
of the water tower is not representative of the charming community
*Our source, as it often is, is the Handbook of Texas Online.
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stage line was owned by George Deaton - Lou Lane, April 27, 2005
was raised in Comstock, Texas and now make my home in Houston. The
water tower was constructed, as you mentioned, as a reservoir for
the swimming pool. It never served as the water tower for the town.
It is on private property but as a small child, I remember swimming
in the pool. - PKZ, December 13, 2004
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